Guyana Population 2015

Guyana is a sovereign country on the northern coast of South America, and one of the only Caribbean nations that isn't an island. The country was colonized by the Netherlands and then became a British colony for more than 200 years before gaining independence in 1966. It's the third smallest independent state of South America with just 215,000 square kilometers (83,000 sq mi) of land. Guyana's 2015 population is estimated at 809,000, an increase from the 2013 estimate of 800,000.

Guyana has only one city with a population more than 50,000. The capital, Georgetown, is home to about 240,000, or 355,000 in the metro area, and the next largest city is Linden with 45,000 people. 90% of Guyana's population lives on the coastal strip, which accounts for only 10% of the total land area and is just 40 miles across at its widest point.

Guyana Demographics

Guyana has a very racially, ethnically heterogeneous population originating from India, Africa, China and Europe, as well as many indigenous peoples.

The Indo-Guyanese, or East Indians, are the largest ethnic group at 44% of the population, and they are descendants of indentured laborers from India. The second largest group is the Afro-Guyanese (30%), descendants of African slaves. 17% of the population is of mixed heritage, and the indigenous Amerindians make up 9%. The largest indigenous groups of Guyana are the Arawaks, Wai Wai, Caribs, Akawaio and Arecuna.

For the past three decades, the Indo-Guyanese proportion of the population has continued to decline. In 1980, the Indo-Guyanese accounted for 51.9% of the population, which dropped to 48.6% in 1991 then 43.5% in 2002.

Guyana Population Clock
What is the population of Guyana (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2015) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 212
Deaths Per Day 91
Net Migrations Per Day -67
Net Change Per Day 54
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

Guyana Population Indicators
Indicator Value World Ranking
Median (Average) Age 24.66 years 122nd
Crude Birth Rate 19.935 births/thousand 78th
Crude Death Rate 8.541 deaths/thousand 64th
Crude Net Migration Rate -6.32 people/thousand 183rd
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 66.76 years 140th
Life Expectancy (Male) 64.43 years 145th
Life Expectancy (Female) 69.24 years 140th
Total Fertility Rate 2.474 children/woman 76th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.144 surviving daughters/woman 78th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female 85th
Infant Mortality Rate 31.041 deaths/1,000 live births 60th
Under Five Mortality 38.409 deaths/thousand 61st
Mean Age at Childbearing 26.706 years 178th

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision)

Guyana Population Growth

Guyana has experienced rather unstable growth and decline over the last fifty years and it's currently growing very slowly, a trend that will last for some time.

Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations